45231 Residence Ln. Washington, D.C. 34521
Georgetown University Washington, C.C., 2010-present
BA Piano Performance and Music Composition
D.C. Summer Theater, Washington, D.C., March 2010.
Thompson City Civic Theater, Thompson City, VA, December 2010.
University Recitals, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., April 2011, 2012, 2013.
Schubert’s Field: A Tribute to Franz Schubert and John Field (recording), 2014.
Shining Star Music Center, Thompson City, VA, 2013-2014
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 2014-Present
Resumes for professional musicians are similar to resumes from other fields with highly specialized skillsets and proficiencies, such as computer science, as you will need to be specific to your education and work experience. An entry level music graduate should lead with their specific work experience and should be clear about their talents (instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, etc.).
Aside from the specific custom of leading with detailed instrumental/musical proficiencies, traditional resume logic applies—in other words, don’t just enumerate musical proficiencies, you’re still trying to sell yourself as a capable and engaged potential candidate!
The writer of an entry level music resume should be sure to strongly highlight any productions, performances, compositions, and musical organizational affiliations, as the applicant’s portfolio of these works carries far more weight than mere educational experience. However, there are also aspects of traditional resume writing that certainly still apply. Students may lack a robust work history that can serve to set them apart from the competition, so it is advised to emphasize roles (leadership or otherwise) in student and volunteer organizations, as well as any pertinent academic and talent awards, honors, or merits received.
Key points to remember:
This sample resume is part of the InternationalStudent.com Resume Writing Center.